How do antidepressants effect libido?

How do antidepressants effect libido?

Embracing the Journey of Libido and Antidepressants: Nurturing Intimacy with Understanding and Empathy

Let's delve into a journey where we discuss the delicate topic of libido and antidepressants. We aim to create a safe and accepting environment, free from shame and judgment. We understand that navigating the effects of antidepressants on your libido can be challenging, and we want you to know that you are not alone. We believe in open dialogue, genuine empathy, and fostering a sense of belonging.

So, we've partnered with 20Talk- Mental Health Charity and interviewed Yardly who shares her experience with antidepressants and libido and bellow we have provided some useful tips exploring holistic approaches to reconnecting with intimacy while honouring your mental health needs.

Communication: Discuss your concerns openly with your doctor. They may be able to adjust your medication or suggest alternatives that have a lower likelihood of affecting libido. Communication with parents, friends and partners is also important as it will allow your loved ones to understand your experience. 

Lifestyle changes: Adopting a healthy lifestyle can positively impact your overall well-being and potentially improve libido. Focus on regular exercise, a balanced diet, sufficient sleep, and stress reduction techniques like meditation.

Sexual stimulation: Engage in activities that promote sexual arousal and intimacy, such as sensual massage, foreplay, or exploring new sexual techniques with your partner.

Vibrators: These intimate devices can be a wonderful addition to your personal exploration and intimate moments. Vibrators can provide pleasurable sensations and stimulation, helping to awaken desire and heighten sexual arousal. We have many in various shapes, sizes, and intensities, catering to individual preferences. Incorporating vibrators into your sexual routine can introduce new sensations and experiences, making the journey of rediscovering pleasure even more exciting.

Lubricants: Antidepressants can sometimes cause dryness or reduce natural lubrication, which can impact sexual comfort and pleasure. Using high-quality lubricants can help alleviate discomfort, enhance sensitivity, and facilitate smoother, more enjoyable intimate experiences. Our water-based or or oil-based lubricants are popular options, and it's important to choose a product that suits your needs and preferences.

Couples communication: Open and honest communication between partners is essential when addressing low libido caused by antidepressants. It's important to discuss your concerns, feelings, and needs with your partner in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner. 

Natural supplements: Some herbal supplements, such as maca root, ginkgo biloba, or Tribulus terrestris, have been suggested to enhance libido. However, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplements to ensure they don't interact negatively with your medication.

Mindfulness and relaxation techniques: Practices like mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, or progressive muscle relaxation can help reduce stress, increase body awareness, and enhance sexual responsiveness.

Explore alternative therapies: Acupuncture, aromatherapy, and certain types of bodywork, such as massage or reflexology, have been suggested to help improve libido and overall sexual well-being. Again, consult with a professional practitioner experienced in these therapies.

Navigate your experience with ease and compassion for yourself. Your specific situation is unique however you are not alone, something that was made abundantly clear in our collaboration with 20Talk and our communities. 

Please note that it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional or your prescribing doctor before making any changes to your medication or trying new approaches. They will be able to provide guidance tailored to your specific situation.


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